A new study finds people who take bath salts don’t need to have a history of alcohol or drug abuse to get sick after taking them.
The study, published in the British Journal of Preventive Medicine, compared people who took the drug to those who took placebo.
The results found that bath salts do not increase the risk of a hang over or alcohol consumption.
But people who drank more than a liter of bath salts per day had a higher risk of having a hang, or of experiencing symptoms of a stomach upset, the study said.
“While there is no evidence that bath salt exposure causes a hang or alcohol poisoning, the findings highlight the potential for the drug in this context to lead to acute illness,” the authors wrote.
“Although there is a lack of research on the health effects of bath salt, our study suggests that bath salts could have a detrimental effect on health outcomes for people who drink bath salted water.”
The findings were based on a small, controlled study of more than 12,000 Australians who had taken bath salts between January 2013 and June 2016.
Dr Sarah White, from the University of Melbourne’s School of Public Health, said the findings were “not surprising”.
“We’ve known for some time that bath sulphate is a potential risk factor for alcohol and other drug misuse,” she said.
Dr White said people could try to minimise the risk by avoiding bath salts, and not getting drunk.
“The safest way to minimising risk is to avoid bath salts,” she told ABC Radio National’s Today program.
“It’s really important to understand that you can’t avoid that risk completely.”
People should be cautious of these drugs and avoid them if they can.
“They may have a better chance of being healthy if they’re not drinking bath salts.”
The study is the first to investigate the relationship between bath salts and alcohol, the Australian Associated Health Professions Association said in a statement.
“Bath salts are a class of psychoactive drug that may cause health problems, and their use is increasing,” it said.
“People who take them should be aware of the possible health risks.”
What is bath salts?
Bath salt is a salt that is commonly found in bath tubs and other products that contain a chemical that has been shown to mimic cocaine.
It’s used in bath salts as a sedative, anti-anxiety, and painkiller, as well as as a skin relaxant.
A drug of abuseThe drug has been described as a “legal highs” or “legal stimulants” that can cause “hallucinations, anxiety, and psychosis” in some users.AAP